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The organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open have been criticised for inviting Ilie Nastase to Saturday's award ceremony. Nastase appeared on court after Simona Halep's win over Kristina Mladenovic.
Andy Murray believes he has not spent a birthday at home since his teenage years, and this one will be no different. But this is a big one, 30 years in this life and Murray will find himself in Rome.
Simona Halep won the Madrid Open for the second consecutive year after staving off a fightback from Kristina Mladenovic, of France, to win 7-5 6-7 (5) 6-2 in a thrilling marathon three-setter.
Nadal overpowered Djokovic from the start, and converted on his third match point to earn his first victory against the second-ranked Serb since the 2014 French Open final.
Nadal took just under two hours to see off the Belgian 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 and move closer to a third straight title after wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Defending champion Simona Halep booked her place in the Madrid Open final with a straight-sets win over Anastasija Sevastova on Friday.
MIKE DICKSON: In the wake of his latest defeat at the Mutua Madrid Open, Murray reported that his part-time coach would be arriving in Europe a week on Sunday to prepare him for Roland Garros.
Nishikori, who beat Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semi-finals, was playing for the first time since March. He withdrew from the Barcelona Open last month because of the lingering wrist issue.
The biggest names in men's tennis have given a warm reception to the idea of a new tennis World Cup event, a project involving the ATP Tour and football star Gerard Pique.
MIKE DICKSON IN MADRID: The world No 1 fell 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open to 20 year-old Borna Coric, who only made the main draw through a late 'lucky loser' spot.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the Madrid Open quarter-finals. He will face Kei Nishikori who beat David Ferrer.
Home favourite Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Madrid Open but made hard work of his three-set victory over Italy's Fabio Fognini to set up a meeting with Nick Kyrgios.
Following up her big win over Maria Sharapova in the previous round, Bouchard led Kerber 6-3, 5-0 before the world No 2 withdrew due to a thigh injury.
MIKE DICKSON IN MADRID: Footballer Pique has emerged as the unlikely mover behind one of the biggest potential innovations on the tennis calendar in recent decades.
Controversial tennis player Maria Sharapova has continued her battle with rival Eugenie Bouchard, days after she lost to the French star at the Madrid Open.
Novak Djokovic was made to sweat by Nicolas Almagro in the first match of his Madrid Open defence but eventually overcame the Spaniard 6-1 4-6 7-5 on Wednesday.
The toxic issue of wildcards for Maria Sharapova now appears to have spilled over into domestic British tennis with a row involving the Russian breaking out at the LTA.
MIKE DICKSON IN MADRID: Andy Murray’s defence of his world No 1 position begins in earnest this week, and it started satisfactorily with straight sets progress into the third round.
MIKE DICKSON IN MADRID: Maria Sharapova was left with the prospect of needing the charity of a wildcard to play at Wimbledon after her comeback plans were painfully dented.
MIKE DICKSON IN MADRID: Dan Evans has questioned in-form Aljaz Bedene's credentials as a British player and suggested the Slovenian-born man does not even live in the UK any more.